A few months ago, my friend Erik Scott de Bie defended the reputation of shared world writers everywhere. Good fantasy, he argued, does not require an original world -- it requires original writers.
As my imperfect memory recalls it, he stated that any world could engender fantastic fiction if the right people wrote it with style, talent, and verve (something Mr. de Bie regularly displays in his own work, shared world and other). In short, he could create Erik's Fluffy Bunny Deathworld and wonderful stories could come out of that.
Well! I happen to agree. Good writing can occur in shared worlds -- and a shared world of dark demonic rabbits...I loved the idea.
Since then, the bunnies have popped up in various conversations and few tweets (look for the hashtag #fluffybunnydeathworld). There's no publisher set yet -- although one is considering the idea -- and Erik's already scared me in the midafternoon with musings on rabbit nightmares.
There's several projects cooking on my computer, all shared world fiction, and the bunnies are pretty far down the list. But if you like the idea, or have a suggestion, just use the hashtag #fluffybunnydeathworld. And look for some midnight tweets from me on the subject over the next year.
Who knows? By 2012, our readers may be sliding down the rabbit hole to some new and fantastical adventures.